Governor Greg Abbott today sent a letter to President Joe Biden requesting a declaration of emergency for the state of Texas in the wake of the escalating crisis on the Texas-Mexico border, in particular due to the dire situation in the county of Val Verde. The letter explains that the failure of the federal government to enforce immigration laws and in particular, its failure to stop illegal crossings over a roadblock on federal property, which is under the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal government, carries charges. important to local and state resources, as well as federal resources.
“Border security is a federal responsibility; however, in response to the current situation, I have taken appropriate action under State law by directing the execution of the State Emergency Management Plan and declaring a state of disaster on the 31st. May 2021, for several counties in Texas on the southern border of the state, ”the letter read. “This increase poses deadly risks to residents of Val Verde County and is rapidly overtaking law enforcement, health care and humanitarian resources that were never intended to be used in this capacity. Even resources. Federal authorities in the region are under strain.
by the large number of people entering Texas illegally. I have determined that the disaster caused by individuals illegally crossing the Texas-Mexico border is of such severity that further federal assistance is needed to reduce the threat of disaster, save lives and protect property, public health and safety. “
Read the governor’s letter.
Governor Abbott has made border security funding a priority for the First and Second Special Legislative Sessions. The governor launched Operation Lone Star in early March to help secure the border and combat human and drug trafficking in Texas. There are currently thousands of state personnel, including DPS soldiers, agents and rangers, as well as National Guard soldiers participating in the mission and working with law enforcement. local. The governor expanded the mission soon after its launch to include anti-trafficking efforts. Governor Abbott’s plan to secure the border also includes the construction of a border wall, in addition to the use of strategic fences and other barriers. A project manager for the initial phase of construction of the wall was announced on September 16. The governor on Friday signed HB 9 which allocated $ 1.8 billion for security efforts at the Texas border. Among other things, the funding will add more National Guard and additional resources to better secure the border.